Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Episode 102 is Live!

STOP THE PRESSES!! It's Mother Bear Project time again! Check this out!

The stripping process begins on Helen, the newest Saxony to join my collection of vintage spinning ladies. Check out the difference between the actual wheel (lying on the ground to the rear) and the still--unstripped bench! WOW!

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What's On My Hook/Needles/Spindle:
The list:

I began on a braided cowl out of some very experimental handspun in silk/merino/tencel. It's very interesting so far.

Ishbel Shawl --On to the D chart at last!!

The Argante Shawl--Not this month.

I am now finishing (slowly) a clone of my twin's throw for my office.

I frogged the Lacy Scarf, as the yarn was really too large for what I wanted from this project, and I decided to use my other Abstract braid of yak/merino to make a single (see below).

I also frogged my Multnomah Shawl, since I was really careless with it and allowed the count to get wacky.

But I am still enjoying the latest incarnation of the Lion Yarns Country Cotton Shawl pattern.

Dizzy Blondes:

More spins:

I finished the last 4 ounces of SWM/Silk in Jasper from Sunshine Yarns and the final four ounces of Blue Moon's Atomic 6:

Sunshine silk jasper

atomic6 handspun

Laceweight Yak/Merino in Big Girl Pink from Abstract Fibers:


Wheel News:

Bessie (a Great or Walking Wheel): her flier unit has been sent to Davie Paul of The Merlin Tree in VT to get a Minor's head placed on it. With that, a drive band, and 2 pegs and 2 leather washers, she'll be ready to spin!

Brid (A very damaged old Saxony): She is waiting for some parts I ordered from eastern Europe to replace her damaged mother of all unit. It's time to start the stripping and refinishing on her!

Whippoorwill--My new HitchHiker wheel has arrived! Not a beginner's wheel, as she has some temper, but lots of fun to fiddle with. Trying to eradicate her annoyingly loud squeak on the right treadle. Drinks oil--She did not like the shift from humid VT to dry desert air.


Helen: Yes, I picked up another antique Saxony yesterday. Some woodcraft issues, but close to spinning even now. That's her being refinished in the top photo. She has all but 1 minor piece and a drive band.


Anne: A Castle wheel, very tiny, that is beyond repair for a reasonable cost. I think she may be repurposed and refinished to be a lamp in my office. She was a gift with the purchase of Helen.


Strategy: About Passive-Aggressive People--definitions cntinued.

Something I Really Like: The new Outlier podcast and tracking down classic spinning wheels

Blather: It's Mother Bear time again! Preemie hats for the Knitmores. Quiet times at home, working on wheels, being around my family again. And some pix from the Ravelry party at Unwind Yarns:










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